Sustainability achievements and initiatives
STARS Gold Rating
In 2021, VCU received a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS measures sustainability achievements in academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.
22 LEED certified buildings
VCU and VCU Health have 22 LEED certified buildings, an independent verification of a building’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy and cost-effective buildings.
Institute for Sustainability Energy and Environment
ISEE's mission is to address the existential threat of climate change by creating sustainable energy systems and sustainable ecologies, while educating students and working with community partners to meet these challenges.
Alternative Transportation Program
The program is designed to reduce single-occupancy vehicles use on campus, decrease the demand for parking, and increase savings for students, employees and the environment. Highlights include RamBikes, unlimited local transportation access via GRTC and more.
Developing the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan
Learn about and contribute to the development of the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan that will serve as a comprehensive roadmap for achieving meaningful and impactful environmental sustainability goals at VCU and VCU Health.
Find out about our programs serving the VCU and Richmond community and how you can get involved. Programs include the community forestry program, gardening program and the Free Store.
This summer, VCU Sustainability will relocate to 930 W. Grace Street. Our new location will include a flexible meeting and working space and become the new home of the Free Store and the Ram Pantry.
We're hiring summer and fall interns
VCU Sustainability will offer paid internship opportunities for students interested in contributing to sustainability initiatives at the university. Visit the student internships page to find out about available positions and how to apply.